Weekly Wrap: Hurricane help; Vietnam War soundtrack; Food insecurity

A look back at the top stories for the week of Sept. 10

Students Elizabeth Baldwin, left, and Grant Worley were among members of the College Republicans planting flags in front of Old Main in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The group was planting 2,977 flags -- one for each victim -- in a pattern that spelled out "United We Stand." The group's efforts were among the many commemorations taking place across the University earlier this week. Credit: Curtis Chan / Penn StateCreative Commons

A look back at the week's top stories from across Penn State:

HURRICANE HELP: University officials are continuing to reach out to students from the areas impacted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey and offering to connect them to Penn State’s student support services.

VIETNAM WAR SOUNDTRACK: Jerry Zolten, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, and Academy Award-nominated film producer Frank Christopher collaborated on "Time to Lay It Down: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," a two-part radio program that will air on WPSU at noon on Sept. 16.

FOOD INSECURITY: On Sept. 6, a crew at Penn State Greater Allegheny broke ground on a new community garden with the hopes of helping to fighting food insecurity on campus and in the local neighborhoods.

DISABILITIES GRANT: A group of Penn State researchers have received a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address a shortage of faculty who can conduct research and train speech-language pathologists to provide interventions to improve outcomes for the more than four million Americans who have such complex disabilities that they cannot meet their communication needs through their own speech.

CAGE-FREE CHICKENS: A shift in consumer behavior is prompting some poultry producers to change the manner in which chickens are housed and cared for, and research underway in the College of Agricultural Sciences will help them convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems that continue to safeguard the health and safety of flocks and employees.

BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT: Human Resources is providing employees with all of the information they will need to make informed decisions about benefits selections through the 2018 Benefits Open Enrollment microsite.

EQUIFAX: With the Equifax data breach making national news headlines, members within Information Technology Services want to reassure the Penn State community that although the University uses some Equifax services, Penn State data was not part of the Equifax security breach.

FACULTY SENATE: Penn State President Eric Barron covered a variety of topics, ranging from the status of the University’s state appropriation to Greek life, Richard Spencer and DACA, during the University Faculty Senate’s opening meeting of the 2017-18 academic year, held Sept. 12 in 112 Kern Building.

Last Updated September 14, 2017